…By Henry George for TDPel Media.
The BBC has announced the addition of AFTA award-winning actor Lenny Rush to the cast of Doctor Who.
The 14-year-old actor will play the character Morris in the beloved sci-fi show, starring alongside Ncuti Gatwa as the new Doctor and Millie Gibson as the Doctor’s companion, Ruby, known for her role in Coronation Street.
Rush’s Excitement and the Showrunner’s Comment
Expressing his enthusiasm, Lenny Rush described it as an absolute honor to be a part of Doctor Who, considering it one of the most iconic shows on television.
Rush, who recently won the Best Male Performance in a Comedy award at the Baftas for his role in Am I Being Unreasonable, a sitcom created by Daisy May Cooper, expressed his joy, calling it a dream come true.
Showrunner Russell T Davies commented on Rush’s talent and highlighted the essence of Doctor Who, which embraces new talent from the next generation.
Rush’s Previous Work and Awards
Lenny Rush has made notable appearances in several shows, including Dodger and A Christmas Carol.
However, it was his scene-stealing portrayal of the formidable Ollie in the offbeat sitcom Am I Being Unreasonable? that earned him critical acclaim and awards.
In addition to his BAFTA win, he also received recognition at the National Comedy Awards and the Royal Television Society Programme Awards for his exceptional performance.
David Tennant’s Return and the 60th Anniversary Specials
This news about Lenny Rush’s casting comes alongside the revelation that David Tennant, known for his role as the Doctor, will be reprising his iconic character for Doctor Who’s 60th-anniversary specials.
Tennant expressed his desire to play the Doctor again before he becomes “too old” and shared his excitement about returning to the show.
The specifics of his return took some negotiation, but with Russell T Davies back as the showrunner, the opportunity expanded.
Tennant sees it as a victory lap, allowing him to relish in something that meant so much to him before moving on.
Upcoming Episodes and New Additions to the Cast
Doctor Who is set to return in November 2023 with three special episodes, coinciding with its 60th anniversary celebration.
Ncuti Gatwa’s debut as the 15th Doctor will air during the festive period.
Alongside Gatwa, the cast will include Anita Dobson from EastEnders, Michelle Greenidge from It’s a Sin, Jinkx Monsoon, a two-time winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jonathan Groff from Frozen, Aneurin Barnard from Dunkirk, Jonathan Groff from Mindhunter, and Indira Varma from Game of Thrones.
Jemma Redgrave, who first appeared as Kate Stewart in 2012’s “The Power of Three,” will also make a recurring appearance in the upcoming season, while Bonnie Langford will return as Mel Bush.